Sauber gunning for Mercedes fifth place

Sauber Motorsport AG

24 July 2012 by Ryan Wood

Peter Sauber says the aim of the 2012 season for his outfit is to hunt down Mercedes in order to secure fifth position in the Constructors' standings.

The Swiss team hasn't finished in the top five as a privateer team since 2002, but a strong showing this season and a 20-point haul in Germany has put them to within 25 points of Mercedes.

Whilst they've closed the gap by ten points in a single race, Sauber isn't underestimating the might of Mercedes.

"No matter who is just ahead in the standings, we are always focused," he told Blick. "Our aim must be to attack the team ahead of us - and in this case it is now Mercedes.

"We are however realistic and know that Mercedes is a big opponent for a small private team."

Segio Perez is confident of another strong finish in Hungary: "I am sure our car can be as good at the circuit in Budapest as it was in Hockenheim," said the Mexican.

"Last year I made it into Q3 in Hungary and this year we have got a much better car."